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Friday May 20th

Franklin Street

Franklin Street sits at the northern edge of campus and it is the most famous stretch of pavement in Chapel Hill. Many of the businesses on Franklin Street cater to students. 

Students often rush Franklin Street after a win against Duke in basketball. Chapel Hill’s Homegrown Halloween event, which at its peak attracted nearly 32,000 college students from across the state, is held on Franklin Street.

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Porthole Alley contains the "Parade of Humanity" mural, painted in 1997 by Chapel Hill native Michael Brown. 

UNC proposes renovation to Porthole Alley that would require business relocations

As a part of UNC Facilities Services' Campus Master Plan, the University has been working with KieranTimberlake, an architectural firm based out of Philadelphia, to design a proposed renovation for Porthole Alley.  On Thursday and Friday, the University held several information sessions about the proposed redevelopment of the alleyway, which sits between 134 and 144 E. Franklin Street, connecting UNC’s campus to Franklin Street.

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Joshua Schaffer, known virally as WeathermanJosh, dresses as Mario and rides a go-kart through the Pit on Sept. 22. "Make sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel," he prompted people as they stopped for pictures.

Viral "Mario Kart Man" travels through Chapel Hill, UNC's campus

Joshua Schaffer was wandering the streets of Chapel Hill and UNC's campus driving a go-kart dressed as Nintendo's Mario. Students accordingly dubbed him the "Mario Kart Man." Schaffer runs multiple social media accounts where he has amassed a large following — most notably on TikTok where he has over 900,000 followers. Spreading joy is a large theme on both his Instagram and TikTok pages, where he shares videos of his shenanigans. Patrick McPode, Schaffer’s social media manager, said the two are performing the social media gag in different places across the country. 

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